Stupak 11 Sold Out For $4.7 Billion

After voting ‘yes’ on health care, ‘Stupak 11′ requested $4.7 billion in earmarks

By Mike Riggs March 27, 2010

The Sunlight Foundation comes through with a dagger of a story:

A day after Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and ten other House members compromised on their pro-life position to deliver the necessary yes-votes to pass health care reform, the “Stupak 11″ released their fiscal year 2011 earmark requests, which total more than $4.7 billion–an average of $429 million worth of earmark requests for each lawmaker.

The eleven members were the focus of high level pressure by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats because they threatened to vote against the health care reform bill, whichpassed the House on Sunday, March 21, by a seven vote margin. Granting earmark requests are one of the ways leadership can encourage members to vote their way.

Stupak requested more than $578 million in earmarks, including $125 million for a replacement lock on the Sault Ste. Marie, $25.6 million to build a federal courthouse in Marquette, Mich., $15 million to repaint the Mackinac Bridge and $800,000 to preserve the Quincy Mining Company smelter near Hancock in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

In 2009, the first year that members disclosed earmark requests, most members requested far more earmarks than were funded by the Appropriations Committee, which approves or denies requests. According to Taxpayers for Common Sense, Stupak’s funded earmarks–including those he requested jointly with other members–totaled $28.6 million.

Despite a newly enacted ban on earmarks to for-profit firms, Stupak requested a total of $52 million for companies in his district out of the $65.9 million he requested from the Defense Appropriations bill.

5 responses to “Stupak 11 Sold Out For $4.7 Billion

  1. RICO LAWS, RICO LAWS. But I guess there’s discrimination when it comes to our government.

    • Good point about RICO laws, May!

      But then, it’s our own govt — the President and Congress — who comprise the criminal syndicate. Under the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) Act of 1970, activities considered to fit the definition of racketeering include BRIBERY, EXTORTION, securities fraud (Goldman Sachs, anyone?), and my favorite, “Bringing in, aiding or assisting aliens in illegally entering the country.” By that definition, we should put the Punk and the entire Congress behind lock and key for RICO!

      I’d say the probability that the Justice Dept, under Eric Holder, would actually indict them for racketeering is ZERO!

  2. 4.7 Billion-30 pieces of sliver it’s all relative. I hope Judas doesn’t spend it all in one place.

  3. Yeah, this health care reform was needed so badly that this admin had to resort to bribes. God help us from what this admin has in store for us next, amnesty, cap & tax, etc. We gotta win in November before The Traitor totally destroys this country.

  4. DCG,

    You are exactly right.

    If we sit around until November of 2012, we won’t have our country anymore.

    Not real sure we have it now.

    -Dave

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